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welcome to "news 4 today" as we take a live look outside right now. it's 5:00 a.m. and we are down at 68 degrees. so much cooler than it's been the last couple of morning. and it's going to stay this way for awhile. >> i just thought i could hear a chorus of aaah off in the distance. >> and applause for you. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. well, we've had a wonderful change occur overnight. you can see it in the sky there. look at the visibility. excellent visibility this morning. the summer haze is gone. and temperature down to a comfy 71 at reagan national. mid 70s right by the bay, just a mile away from the waters. down into the 60s on the eastern shore, much of southern maryland. prince george's county in the low 60s. down into the low 60s in montgomery county. much of fairfax county. arlington county upper 60s. weather watchers reporting from the highlands western maryland and west virginia, only in the  50s there. shenandoah valley, blue ridge region in the low to mid 60s now. there's the view from space. we've got nice, high pressure pushing in. and we'll have plenty of sunshine today.
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sun rise 5:54. by noontime near 80. during the middle of the afternoon, the mid 80s with low humidity. look at the night planner in ten minutes. danella has a look at our traffic. good morning. >> good morning. and the look is amazing this morning. so far, i don't have any major incidents in our area to report to you. so it is a great time to be traveling. checking 295, as well as route 50. and if you continue on to new york avenue, it's a great commute all the way down. here's a look right now. i'm telling you, so far the road is peaceful. it's a great time to be traveling. up to maryland, the beltway looks good. this is a live look at connecticut avenue. looks good in maryland and virginia. this is at richmond highway. so far, if you didn't have to wake up and drink all the coffee to stay awake, it would be a great time to be on the roadways. aaron and joe, back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. this morning repairs are under way after a water main break in prince george's county. it's happening in the 500 block of hampton park boulevard in capital heights. tracee wilkins is live there with the latest for us this
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morning. tracee? >> well, let me show you what it's looking like right now. what they're trying to do is suck that water out of the hole so that they can get to the main and actually begin repairs. but they can't do that until they get all the water out. so yes, this road is going to remain closed probably for the rest of the day. let me show you what it looked like yesterday. this is why there's so much water inside. it was an absolute geyser shooting up here as that water shot up from this 20-inch water main that broke. it happened at 9:30 a.m. it took about two hours for wsse to stop that flow of water. but what is really significant about this location is that literally just down the street, that's where that 54 inch water main broke in january, and we remember that that flood required a boiled water alert for hundreds of thousands of folks living in prince george's county. wsmc customers. this is not related to that. they're very close but not related, and very few customers have actually been impacted by this water main.
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just a 20 inch break. but it was a major geyser when it happened, and it is going to mean that this road will be closed. this is a major cut-through from central avenue, so no, there's no point in coming down hampton park boulevard because it is closed this morning and probably will be for the rest of the day. tracee wilkins, live. back to you. >> all right. tracee, thank you. and we still following some breaking news out of kandahar, afghanistan. there was a bomb attack at the funeral of president hamid karzai's brother. a roadside bomb exploded just yards away from a motorcade for a local governor. officials say two soldiers are injured. president's half-brother ahmed wali karzai was assassinated earlier this week by one of his bodyguards. and it's not clear at this time whether hamid karzai was at today's funeral service. congressional leaders will resume their debt negotiations today at the white house. president obama has given them until tomorrow to reach a deal on increasing the debt limit. today's talks come after -- come a day after the president actually walked out of what turned out to be a very
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contentious meeting. news 4's melissa mollet is live in the newsroom with more. >> good morning to you, joe. four days, four meetings, and still no debt deal. they meet again today, but last night's committee between president obama and lawmakers is being described as the most tense of all. the president ended the nearly two-hour debt limit negotiation by declaring enough is enough. that, as he rejected republican demands that a short-term debt limit increase. while they say he stormed out of last night's meeting, democrats say that account is exaggerated. many now growing more and more pessimistic that any deal will be reached. fed chairman ben bernanke says that if the u.s. defaults, it would then create what he calls a financial calamity that could affect social security, medicare, and then set back job creation. now president obama, as you mentioned, has given lawmakers until tomorrow to decide whether or not they can reach a deal. he may also call congressional leaders to camp david for a summit this weekend. joe? >> melissa mollet reporting live from the muz room.
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thanks very much. and just to give you a sense of how important these negotiations are, moodies investor services is threatening to lower the united states credit rating. it says there is a slight risk the government will default on its debt. if the country's credit rating is downgraded, interest rates will likely spike meaning it would cost more for mortgages, car loans and other debt. it could also push the united states into another rescission. we should know by the end of the summer whether sarah palin is running for president. the former republican vice presidential candidate says she will announce her desomething in late august or early september. palin told fox news she doesn't see a candidate in the republican field she would campaign for right now. she also thinks she could win a campaign against president obama. rudy giuliani is not ruling out another run for the white house. the former new york city mayor heads to new hampshire. we're told the country's first primary. he has five public appearances scheduled there over the next two days.
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giuliani says he still has a, quote, tremendous fire for more public service. of the top two republicans already in the race for the white house, mitt romney is firmly in the lead, according to a new reuters ipsos poll. the former massachusetts governor leads minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann 40 to 23% among republicans and independents. it is much tighter, though, among independent voters alone. romney's lead among them is just ten percentage points ahead of bachmann. in the day ahead former first lady betty ford will be laid to rest beside her husband in grand rapids, michigan. right now the body of the former first lady is lying in repose at the gerald ford presidential library. a final private funeral service and burial will be held this afternoon. mrs. ford died last friday at the age of 93. you can't say you didn't know. metro has announced plans for a year's worth of station closures to complete the recommended safety improvements. the closures will be on the weekends only. the first one will be august 6th and 7th. that closure is set for all the
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stations between twinbrook and medical center on the red line. one on that list jumps out, though, in november metro will close the national airport station the weekend before thanksgiving. >> our time is now 5:08.
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time for weather and traffic on the 1s. now at 5:11 on this thursday morning. a mid-july break from high heat and high humidity. a gorgeous morning under way under a clear sky. right now down into the 60s. low to mid 60s in montgomery, prince george's, fairfax and arlington counties. near 70 in washington. and right by the bay, it's in the low 70s. but away from the waters, only in the 60s. out of the mountains of western maryland, west virginia, many locations there are in the 50s. and there is the first light of dawn on the eastern horizon. way off in the distance is prince charges county. there's capitol hill in the middle ground. look at the purple waters of the potomac reflecting that lavender sky. our sunrise will be at 5:54.
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by 9:00 in the mid 70s and lots of sun today. a sunblock day if you're going to be out for a long period. we'll have highs reaching the mid 80s. but we'll have the low humidity in place. now overnight tonight here's your night planner. in the 70s through the evening, under a clear sky. by this time tomorrow morning, back down into the 60s. a look at friday, the weekend, and into next week in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> well, let's start out in prince george's county. a report of an accident. this is going to be on your left shoulder lane just as you pass richy margo road. and this time 95 south you're going to see an accident at powder mill road. it's not an accident, it's a disabled vehicle in your right center lane. please be cautious. 95 south at powder mill road. a live look right now, noticing some volume heading out of the occuquan in virginia, 95 northbound. the head lights coming toward us, that is volume. however, nothing significant. i see no incidents for you at
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this time. rails are open, metro, marc and vre running on time. >> thanks very much, danella.
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police are investigating a hate crime involving vandalized cars in silver spring. one of the vehicles -- or all of the vehicles were parked in the 15,000 block of wengrove street. police say vandals slashed tires and spray painted swastikas and anti-gay messages. police are offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. actor charlie sheen's d.c. police escort did not violate the department's policies.
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the d.c. investigators office made that recommendation. in april, officers gave sheen what appeared to be a high-speed escort from dulles airport to a performance at dar constitution hall in the district. officials say they were not able to independently verify that the officers were speeding even though sheen posted a picture on twitter that shows speedometer registering about 80 miles an hour. the case is now closed. this morning in a rare move police have released the confession of the man accused of abducting and killing an 8-year-old boy. thousands of people turned out for the funeral services for leibby kletzky last night in brooklyn. his dismembered remains were found in the trash bin and freezer in the home of 35-year-old levi aaron. aaron confessed on monday afternoon. kletzky asked him for a ride home from a day camp after he was -- after he got lost while trying to walk home. aaron, instead, took him back to his house, where aaron says he panicked after realizing it had become such a high profile case. and, he said, he then killed the boy.
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he told investigators, quote, i'm sorry for the hurt i've caused. heightened security today after three bombs went off in mumbai, killing at least 21 and injuring more than 100. bomb-sniffing dogs were checking high traffic areas and forensic experts are still at the bombing site looking for evidence. this is the same area that was attacked by pakistani militants in 2008, where 166 people were killed. no group has claimed responsibility for this latest attack. secretary of state hillary clinton embarks on an international trip today, with the crisis in libya one of the main topics of discussion. she heads to turkey today, the first stop on a 12-day, around the world trip. over the weekend she'll head to greece for talks about the global financial crisis. happening today, members of congress will join family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. they will help stitch together an american flag. that became tattered and worn during the september 11th attacks. the flag once hung at the construction site overlooking ground zero.
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it has since traveled around the country, getting one sketch after another in all 50 states. once finished the flag will hang in the national 9/11 memorial seum that is now under construction at ground zero. police arrested a man trying to board a plane with more than a dozen knives. this happened at bwi airport last week. the baltimore sun reports the tsa agent noticed the man had 13 knives in his carry-on bag while using an x-ray machine. the knives were all different shapes and sizes. that man's identity has that been released. a tsa spokesman says they usually detect two passengers a day nationwide trying to board planes with weapons. today will be the first full day of testimony in roger clemens' perjury trial. jurors are expected to hear from two house officials who will explain the relevance of the congressional committee clemens testified before three years ago. it was that testimony that led to the perjury charges. the the former star pitcher's attorney claims that the committee overstepped its authority by holding the hearing into whether clemens and other baseball players ever used performance enhancing drugs.
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prosecutors say congress was well within its rights because regulating steroids in baseball relates to u.s. drug policy. clemens still denies ever using performance-enhancing drugs. some of america's largest food companies will revamp how they market food to children. general mills and kellogg's, just two of the brands that say they will cut down on marketing unhealthy foods to kids. the new standards, which were set by the companies themselves, allow marketing for certain products only if they meet certain nutritional criteria. that could mean changes of recipes to some products to include less fat, sugar and sodium. this morning, about 100 homes in northern virginia still without power after yesterday's wicked storms. thousands were left in the dark after rain battered our area. one lightning strike took out 20,000 homes yesterday. the electricity, anyway. a dominion virginia spokesperson says some homes might not get power back until this afternoon and they've called in crews from
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other service areas to help with the restoration efforts. we had storms yesterday but a beautiful payback today. what a glorious day this morning, at least. here's tom kierein now to take a look at dawn out here in the nation's capital. >> yeah, that was the price we paid for this fresh change. that's a live picture this morning. look at the potomac looking like a blueberry smoothie. i'll have mine with almond milk and a sprig of mint. as we look at the temperatures right now, it is in the 60s in montgomery, fairfax, prince george's counties, near 70 in arlington county and in washington. right by the bay in the low 70s. farther to the west, though, just in the low to mid 60s around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley in the 50s, western maryland and much of west virginia on this 14th day of july. we will take a break from this usual midsummer heat and humidity. there's the sky over capitol hill. by 9:00, we'll be in the mid 70s. by the way, sunrise is at 5:54. it's getting later and later. by noontime near 80 de degrees.
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lots of sun today. you'll need sun block during the middle of the afternoon. low humidity in place. and then overnight tonight, will be clear, and by dawn tomorrow, we will be down into the 60s. through the evening we'll be in the 70s. then during the day, on friday, and again saturday and sunday, each day into the 80s, and not very humid, with morning lows in the 60s. a fabulous pattern. but then, first part of next week, we heat back up again and the humidity returns. chance of storms actuals and wednesday. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. let's start out 95 south at powder mill road. still have a disabled vehicle blocking your right center lane. as you head down to the inner loop of the beltway, you're going to see an accident in your left shoulder lane. i want to also show you 395 right now looking pretty good. you're taking 395 north and this is at duke street. so far your lanes are open, traffic is slowing in a nice speed. if you continue on to the 14th street bridge, it's clear for you there, as well. another look at the rails. they're looking great, metro, marc, vre are all running on time. back to you, joe.
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>> danella, thanks very much. the british open championship is under way right now at royal st. georges golf club. all eyes will be on rory mcilroy, the man who dominated the u.s. open at congressional. mcelroy is the favorite, but early on he is in the middle of the pack at 2 over par. the leader is american mark calcavecchia at 2 under. well, the united states is just one win away from capturing another women's world cup title. the americans beat france 3-1 yesterday in the semifinals. abby wambach scored the go-ahead goal late in the game. the u.s. takes on japan in the finals on sunday. this could be team usa's first world cup title since 1999. >> lebron james, dwyane wade and chris bosch refer to themselves as the big three in honor of how many quarters they play. >> the world of sports met the world of comedy last night in los angeles. seth myers hosted the annual espy awards which honor the best
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athletic performances of games in the past year. my alma vaughter vcu won the award for best upset for the win over kansas in the ncaa tournament. it was also a big night for the nba's dallas mavericks. they won the espy award for best team, and mavs star dirk know its ski was named best male athlete. in just a few hours the nominees for the 63rd annual prime-time emmys will be announced. nbc's comedies "30 rock" and "the office" both expected to get nods for comedy, actor and actress. the awards will be handed out in los angeles on september 18th. actress mila kunis may have to break her blind date with a marine who asked her out on the internet. sergeant scott moore asked her to join him for the marine corps ball. but she may have to cancel because she's supposed to be filming two movies that month and may not be able to travel. this, however, has not stopped one local marine based in quantico from asking out kuehne
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us' co-star justin timberlake. corporal kelsey desantis posted a video on youtube asking timber lake to attend the marine corps ball here in d.c. no word on whether he has seen the video or had any reaction to it. >> there are several reports this morning that brad pitt and angelina jolie are planning a wedding this fall. the two hollywood stars have been together for six years. they have said they wanted to wait to get married until it became legal for everyone. gay or straight. the couple has six children. well, the old saying is, dogs are a man's best friend. and there is some science apparently now to prove that. psychologists at miami and st. louis universities did three studies on pet/human interaction. they found that the emotional benefits of pet ownership can be equal to those of human friendship. the researchers looked at variables such as self-esteem, loneliness, illness, depression, and activity level. they also found that pet owners were less lonely and had higher esteem. another finding, pet owners are
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tense talks. a stern warning from the president. moments before he reportedly walked out of the latest round of debt discussions. good morning, i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist in for eun yang this morning. it is thursday, july 14th. we start off with a look outside at 5:29 on this thursday. and already we're looking at
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improved conditions that we just expect to roll on into the weekend. >> well, let's not get greedy. >> and next week. >> tell me what you want. keep it going. >> yeah, any kind of a break like this in mid july is certainly welcome. we have lowered the thermostat. there's a live picture from the tower camera, 300 feet above northwest washington. off in the distance is northeast washington on the horizon, prince george's county, under a beautiful turquoise, clear sky. we're about 25 minutes away from sunrise. the temperatures in prince george's county the low 60s. also low 60s in montgomery and fairfax counties. arlington county now in the upper 60s, near 70 in washington. low 70s near the bay. and at the atlantic beaches. elsewhere in the 60s except out of the mountains only in the 50s there. all of this courtesy of high pressure coming down from the great lakes region, and it is passing just to our north. we'll shift our winds into the northeast as this day progresses. keeping this dry air in place.
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the sunrise at 5:54. and by 9:00 we'll be in the mid 70s. bright and sunny day. a sunblock day. also, a motorcycle convertible day. but afternoon highs in the mid 80s. lots of sun. a look at the night planner in about 10 minutes. now a look at the traffic. danella, how is it looking now? >> looking great. i just checked, the disabled vehicle on 95 south, just as you pass powder mill road, has been removed. that's going to help your commute if you're heading 95 south and continuing on to the beltway. but i want to show you some not so good news. here's 270. i am seeing some delays out of urbana. the good news for this, as soon as you pass clarksburg the road opens up on 270 south and it's a better commute. right at 109 it's a slow crawl for you. 66, this is at fairfax county parkway. 66 in both directions, you're clear, inside and outside of the beltway. >> danella, thanks very much. >> go time right now is 5:31. president obama has given
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congressional leaders until tomorrow to reach a deal on increasing the nation's debt limit. they'll sit down again today to try and reach that deal just a day after the president walked out on debt talks. nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us live now from capitol hill with more on this. kristen, good morning. >> good morning, aaron. yeah, just when you thought it couldn't get any uglier, word of the tensest talks yet at the white house. republican house majority leader eric cantor saying that the president said to him, eric, don't call my bluff, and then stormed out of that meeting. now democrats say that that report is overblown. they do admit that the president said enough is enough, and he urged lawmakers to stop posturing, and to do the right thing before he left the meeting. that as the stakes grew a little bit higher yesterday. moody's, one of the top credit rating agencies said it could strip the u.s. of its aaa credit rating if no deal is reached and it looks like the u.s. is going to default on its loans. what about senator mcconnell's
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plan to place this on the president's shoulders to give him the ability to raise the debt limit? that's gotten some praise from people like democratic senate leader harry reid. also from republican senator john mccain. but a lot of criticism from other republicans. so they're still talking about that. they're likely going to talk about it today. another meeting scheduled for this afternoon. but as you said, another deadline. the president has set tomorrow as a deadline for this group to try to figure out some way forward. aaron? >> all right. kristen dahlgren, live on capitol hill. kristen, thanks. >> you bet. now to decision 2012. we should know by the end of the summer whether sarah palin is running for president. the former republican vice presidential candidate says that she will announce her decision in late august or early september. palin told fox news she does not see a candidate in the current republican field that she would campaign for right now. she also says she thinks she would win a campaign against president obama.
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and rudy giuliani is not ruling out another run for the white house. the former new york city mayor heads to new hampshire, which holds the country's first primary. he has five public appearances scheduled there over the next two days. giuliani says he still has a quote, tremendous fire for more public service. and of the two top republicans already in the race for the white house, mitt romney is firmly in the lead according to a new reuters ipsos poll. the former massachusetts governor leads minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann by a rating of 40% to 23% among republicans and independents together. it is much tighter among independent voters alone. romney's lead among them is just 10% -- percentage points over bachmann. in the day ahead, betty ford will be laid to rest beside your husband in grand rapids, michigan. right now the body of the former first lady is lying in repose at the gerald ford presidential library. a final private funeral service and burial will be held this afternoon.
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former president bill clinton, former vice president dick cheney, and former first lady barbara bush are expected to attend. mrs. ford died last friday at the age of 93. new from overnight, state police in maryland arrested a man they say carjacked a mother and her young child in baltimore and then led police on a chase all the way to rockville. at one point investigators say the man side-swiped a trooper's cruiser. the suspect is a 22-year-old man from baltimore. the mother and her 20-month-old baby are both okay. fairfax county police believe at least three more women were victims of an attempted sexual assault at an employment agency. police arrested 72-year-old chook sik lee on two charges of sexual assault. he's accused of bringing women into the world employment agency in annandale, then forcing them to watch pornography, and trying to sexually assault them. two women fought off his attacks. police believe there are more victims but they're afraid to come forward. lee has a court date sed schooled for august 3rd. this morning, police in prince george's county have two
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persons of interest in custody in connection with a deadly shooting in bowie. the victim was found shot to death yesterday afternoon in his own home on livingston and devert drive. police say they found the quote, persons of interest, walking in the neighborhood shortly after that shooting. neither has yet been arrested or charged. bus police were questioning them late into the night. investigators believe that the victim, a laundromat owner, was targeted. 5:36 is your time right now.
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liftoff. take a look out there. what a beautiful picture this morning. 67 very refreshing degrees. low humidity. nice way to begin a day. good day to get out and do a jog, or a run or a bike ride. >> if you're thinking treadmill today, skip it. go on outside. looks great, feels really nice out there. we're looking for it to just roll on through the rest of the day. >> or put the treadmill out on the driveway and do it there. let's go to tom kierein in storm center 4 and look at what the day holds. >> a have a feeling a lot of people will not be available today. we're going to have a gorgeous pattern here as we get through the day, and all the way into the weekend, too. so plan accordingly. a wonderful break from high heat
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and high humidity right now. it has really dropped off temperaturewise and the humidity has really dropped, as well. down to just near 60 degrees now in parts of montgomery and fairfax county. it's in the low 60s in prince george's county. arlington county upper 60s. near 70 in washington. low 70s around the bay. this fresh change courtesy of high pressure that's come down from the north and west. and it will be with us here throughout the day. sunrise in about 15 minutes. and by 9:00 we'll be in the mid 70s. lots of sun through the day. mid 80s by midafternoon. it will be a dry heat. so if you're going to be up for a long period, definitely you'll need sunblock. great day for outdoor recreation and fun. and then, for your thursday night plan, here's your night planner. our sun set today 33. by 7:00 in the upper 70s. by 9:00 mid 70s. near 70 by midnight under a clear sky. by this time tomorrow morning we will be down into the 60s again. a look at friday, the weekend,
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and into next week, that will be coming up in about ten minutes. danella sealock, how's traffic? >> well, starting out with the rails, the rails are looking great. metro marc and vre are all running on time. however, this 270 south traffic is heavy as you leave urbana and make your way down towards clarksburg. that 109, i've been watching 109, it has been stop and go. but, good news, when you get to clarksburg, the lanes open up and 270 south is not such a bad commute. i want to show you 95 north, this is at route 1. i am seeing some volume in this area as you continue on towards the beltway. and here's another look at lorton. you can see those head lights. lots of cars on the road. so far still traveling at a good speed. aaron and joe, back to you. >> all right, danella, thanks. [ kimberly ] when i was 19, i found myself alone
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good morning and welcome back. both d.c. firefighters and police officers are upset about a new and unusual program that enlists firefighters to help fight crime. for the past three weeks, d.c. fire and ems personnel have been parking their trucks at high-crime neighborhoods. city officials say they just want firefighters to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity. the d.c. police union and firefighters union say the plan is not safe. >> it's to prevent things from bubbling up. the idea is that if you have a fire apparatus engine with adults there, no one's going to commit a crime. >> i think it's a disaster. you're putting untrained, unsupervised, unequipped firefighters in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in town to perform a law enforcement
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function. >> the president of the firefighters' union released a statement saying quote, i am concerned that this is a knee jerk reaction to what is a serious problem that's clearly a police matter and not a fire department problem. right now the mayor's office says this policy will last at least through next spring. the case is closed in the controversial d.c. police escort involving actor charlie sheen. the d.c. inspector general's office found that the department did not violate its policies, but, the inspector did issue 11 recommendations for future police es sorts. in april, officers gave sheen what appeared to be a high speed escort from dulles airport to perform at constitution hall here in the district. officials say they were not able to independently verify that the officers were speeding, even though sheen posted a picture on twitter that showed the speedometer registering about 80 miles per hour. police are investigating a hate crime involving vandalized cars in silver spring. all of the vehicles were parked in the 15,000 block of wenboro
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street in the spencerville neighborhood. police say vandals slashed tires and painted anti-gay messages on the cars. police are offered a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. new this morning scotland yard made another arrest in britain's phone hacking scandal. at the same time some members of congress are now calling for an investigation here in the u.s. the move comes after journalists from the now defunct tabloid paper "news of the world" reportedly contacted a new york city policeman to try to get private phone records of british citizens who died in the world trade center. former british prime minister gordon brown says other newspapers owned by rupert murdoch and news corp took part in the hacking scandal. the girlfriend of one of the country's most notorious mobsters now says that she knew nothing about his violent past. catherine greig is behind bars accused of harboring a fugitive. fbi agents arrested her along
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with james "whitey" bulger near los angeles. prosecutors say that bulger used to head boston's notorious winter hill gang and committed more than a dozen murders to eliminate rivals or potential witnesses. greig left with him and disappeared in 1995. a missing persons search group wants their money back for time and trouble searching for caylee anthony. texas equusearch is suing anthony. the group says anthony millions led him and he want morse than $100 for search efforts. last week casey anthony was found not guilty of killing caylee. the defense team claimed caylee never went missing, rather had drowned accidentally in the family's swimming pool. the son of d.c. council member marion barry is due in court later this month after being arrested on felony drug dealing charges. court documents showed that police were called out to barry's southwest d.c. home in late may because of a fight. officers forced their way in to the home, and found five bags full of marijuana, as well as a vial of pcp in plain sight.
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barry was charged with possession and intent to distribute. he has so far declined to comment on the situation. coming up on 6:49. d.c. council members holding a special meeting today to vote on extending martin luther king avenue to the new memorial. the new drive would stretch across the 11th street bridge, down the freeway to main avenue to the exit there and then down independence avenue and past the new memorial. the martin luther king jr. memorial is set to open on august 28th. kentucky has its bourbon and cuba has its mojito. but here in the district we have the rickey. >> yes, the rickey. later today, d.c. town till member jack evans will read a proclamation declaring the rickey as washington's native cocktail, and july as rickey month. >> jack evans will change his name to jack daniel's! the drink was invented in 1883 at sumacers by a bar tender
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named colonel joe rickey. the j.w. marriott sits on top of where that schumacher's bob was. >> it's two ounces of bourbon, rye whiskey or gin, half a lime squeezed and dropped into the glass, add ice, stir it and top it off with sparkling mineral water. rinse and repeat. >> that will make you feel perky in the morning and want a big bowl of chili, perhaps. >> maybe. and so ben's chili bowl is thinking why not jump the river into virginia? make it available for everybody. the washington city paper reports the famous u-street eatery is scouting six or so locations right now across the area, including. ben's has become a must-have for dignitaries and celebrities. right now, it just has one satellite location at national's park. 4:50 is the time right now. this morning crews are working to fix a water main break in prince george's county. this is happening in the 500 block of hampton park boulevard in capital heights. news four's tracee wilkins is
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live there now with the latest on that. good morning. >> good morning, joe. yeah, they're doing a lot of work out here. let me show you what's left after this water main broke yesterday. you can see this huge hole here. and look at how it just buckled. the ground here on hampton park boulevard, traffic making its way around this issue right now. what they're trying to do is suck all of that water out of the hole so that they can get to the main and actually replace that pipe. now this is the cut-through between central avenue and richie road. we're expecting it to be closed most likely for the rest of the day. now this is what it looked like yesterday morning. it was an absolute geyser. the water started spewing around 9:30 in the morning. it took about two hours for wsse to stop the flow of water and get this thing under control. only a few customers were actually impacted by all of this. and wssc is saying that they are working quickly to try and get this taken care of as soon as possible. now just a reminder, this water main break is just really a hop, skip and a jump away from where
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that 54 inch break happened last year and flooded out the beltway, causing hundreds of thousands of customers to have to boil their water for weeks. but they're told that these two breaks are not related. tracee wilkins, live this morning. back to you in the studio. >> tracee, thanks very much. >> all right. 5:52 our time now. let's get a look at weather and traffic. this is the time we like to turn to the weather man. >> yes, now you're smiling at me. >> just let you have a moment. >> i've been seeing nothing but frowns the last few days, scowls. this morning everybody's happy when you step out. you'll notice a wonderful, fresh change has occurred. and the horizon moving down at 1,000 miles an hour, is revealing our distant star, the sun, just now coming up. we're coming out of the earth's h shadow. that's a live picture. prince george's county on the horizon. in the middle distance, northeast washington. the sun just about to rise at the surface. this is a lower elevation camera view from our city camera. there is the potomac river and
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we've got a beautiful day under way. right now 71 at reagan national. the dew point into the mid 50s. that is comfortably dry. north/northeasterly wind at about 10 miles an hour. out in the mountains only in the 50s. western maryland, much of west virginia. shenandoah valley and around the blue ridge. only in the low 60s there. in fact it dipped into the low 60s. loudoun, prince william and fauquier. farther to our south in prince george's, charles, calvert, st. ma mary's, anne arundel, only near the 60s. near the bay in the low 70s. and on the eastern shore, temperatures there are in the low 60s this morning. all of this thanks to dry, high pressure that has come down from the great lakes and is in place, and the sun just about to come up there on the eastern horizon from this vantage point. and we'll have our temperatures by 9:00 at 75 under a sunny sky, and by noontime near 80. midafternoon, mid 80s. lots of sunshine. a great motorcycle convertible
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day. and recreation, have fun. you may have to work outside day. overnight tonight in the 70s through the evening. by this time tomorrow morning in the 60s. a few clouds building on friday up into the mid 80s. still not very humid and still not too humid for the weekend weather. saturday and sunday, beautiful, 60s in the morning. afternoon highs in 980s. then heating up and humidity returns first part of next week. danella, how's traffic? >> it is looking like drama. i hate to say it. it's picking up and i want to start in virginia. 95, i'm watching this. 95, you're going to be heavy as you pass woodbridge and make your way towards the beltway in virginia. this right here, fairfax county parkway. a minute ago all i saw were brake lights. it was definitely stop and go. so it's going to be kind of a tough commute already this morning. shooting down to d.c., this is at new york avenue. i am seeing some volume increasing on new york avenue as you pass the time split and make your way towards bladensburg road.
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in maryland, still 109 at 270 south at 109. it's still slow. but as you make your way out of urbana, as soon as you hit clarksburg, i checked 270 south and it's a much better commute. aaron and joe, back to you. >> thanks very much, danella. >> we have a consumer alert now. chrysler is recalling more than 2,000 dodge ram pickups to fix a steering wheel problem. chrysler will replace the steering component that could break, causing a crash. you need to check with your chrysler dealer for a list of the models affected. >> happening today, members of congress will join family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. they will help stitch together an american flag. that became tattered and worn during the september 11th attacks. the flag once hung at the construction site overlooking ground zero. it has since traveled around the country, getting one sketch after another in all 50 states. once finished the flag will hang in the national 9/11 memorial museum that is now under construction at ground zero.
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police arrested a man trying to board a plane at bwi marshall with more than a dozen knives in his bag. the baltimore sun reports the tsa agent noticed the man had 13 knives in his carry-on bag while using an x-ray machine. the knives were all different shapes and sizes. that man's identity has that been released. ♪ if you believe ed there's nothing up my sleeve ♪ ♪ then nothing is cool good morning, "atlantis." >> a very personal performance by r.e.m. front man michael siep. he woke up the shuttle crew with a special rendition of "man on the moon." today the crew is taking most of the day off. the shuttle is scheduled to land on july 21st. >> one of my twitter followers said, how do you take a day off in space? >> exactly. you can't exactly go home. >> if you've ever taken a family photo you probably had a few that you'd rather delete. >> and now you might want to save them, as you could win a two-week vacation. the website called
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awkwardfamilyphotos.com is holding a website to find the most embarrassing family picture ever. the winner gets a two-week stay at the embassy suites at lake tahoe, waikiki beach, or charlotte, north carolina. and $15,000 in cash. just submit your bad photos to awkwardfamilyphotos.com by august 2nd. and everyone in the photo must be okay with being part of this epic contest. >> which means you split the $15,000. >> absolutely. >> it's required. so find as few people in your family as possible, and use that picture. >> exactly. >> i love charlotte, love you dearly, but waikiki. >> waikiki would be the one. >> there you go. >> all right. metro announces its station closures for the next year.
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tough talk at the white house. president obama walks out of a late night meeting. what he

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